English: Error Spotting for Upcoming Exams – Set 208

Direction (1-5): Read the following sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number corresponding to that part will be your answer. If the given sentence is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘No error’. Ignore the errors of punctuation if any.

  1. Simika has been (1)/ dancing to the (2)/ melodious song, for 5 o’ clock(3)/ in the morning (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    ‘Since’ should be used in place of ‘for’.
    The preposition ‘for’ is used to mention an amount of time or space, which does not need to be exact. On the other hand, the preposition ‘since’ is used to refer to an exact point of time, which can be any past event or a specific time in the past, beginning sometime in the past and continuing until the present time.
    Therefore, option C is the correct answer choice for this question.

     

  2. The movement against the death penalty in present-day India face a (1)/ tremendous challenge in terms of extensive public (2)/ clamour for swift executions, removal of appeals, (3)/ and even support for summary executions. (4)
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    No error
    Option A
    ‘Faces’ should be used in place of ‘face’. Here, in the given sentence, ‘Movement’ is a singular subject. As a result, it will take a singular verb with it.
    Therefore option A is the correct answer choice for this question.

     

  3. Nearly 15 million Americans live in sparsely populated communities where, (1)/ there is no broadband internet service at all (2)/ a stark digital divide across America among those (3)/ with access to uber-fast connections and those with none (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    ‘Between’ should be used in place of ‘among’, since it mentions two entities-‘those with access to uber-fast connections’ and ‘those with none’.
    ‘Generally ‘between’ is used when we refer to two things which are clearly separated. ‘Among’ is used to talk about things which are not clearly separated because they are part of a group or crowd or mass of objects.
    Therefore option C is the correct answer choice for this question.

     

  4. Jacques has in his Army, (1)/ eight Generals, six Colonels, (2)/ seven Majors and five Captains, beside (3)/ one private for them to command. (4)
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    No error
    Option C
    The word ‘beside’ is a preposition, which means ‘next to’ or ‘at the side of’. The preposition ‘beside’ physically places two nouns side by side.
    Example: – Anirban sat beside Naina at the restaurant.
    The word ‘besides’ can be used either as a preposition, meaning “in addition” or an adverb meaning “moreover.” Here in the given context it means “in addition to.”
    Therefore, option C is the correct answer choice for this question.

     

  5. Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj along with (1)/ his students are (2)/ going to attend (3)/ the inaugural ceremony tomorrow.(4)
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    No error
    Option B
    Whenever two subjects are connected by “along with, as well as, rather than, except, nothing but, no less than, in addition to, and not”, the verb agrees with the first subject.
    Therefore, option B is the correct answer choice for this question.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Four statements are given below at A, B, C and D. There may be some errors in the given statements. Mark the incorrect statement as the answer.
    If all the statements are incorrect, mark option E, i.e., “All are incorrect” as the answer.

  7. The salt seller came to understand the trick and decided to teach a lesson to it.
    The aim of this article is to bring into focus the significance of counselling in the Indian juvenile justice system.
    It didn’t play the trick anymore after that day, and the seller was happy.
    The enemies retreated back on seeing the fighter jets of the Indian Air Force.
    All are correct
    Option D
    The use of retreated back becomes a superfluous error. It means that more than the required is given in the given sentence. Retreat means an act of moving back or withdrawing. Here, in the given context, retreat means withdraw from enemy forces as a result of their superior power or after a defeat.
    The correct sentence will be: ‘The enemies retreated on seeing the fighter jets of the Indian Air Force’.

     

  8. Priyanka, you and I are childhood friends.
    A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert.
    They remind one so of a duck that goes 􀁾apping about with forced cheerfulness long after its head’s been cut off.
    They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.
    All are correct
    Option A
    When we use pronouns as the subject, and all the three persons act as the subject of the sentence, and are connected by ‘and’, the sequence of the pronouns should be ‘second person’, ’third person’, and then the first person’. The verb should be plural verb. The speaker is the first person ‘I’, the listener is the second person ‘you’, and the non active one is the third person ‘He’, ‘she’ or anyone.
    The correct sentence should be: ’You, Priyanka, and I are childhood friends.’

     

  9. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time.
    He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.
    Professor Majumder said that the college’s Principal has said that exams will start from Tuesday.
    Sharma said he gave up on equities at least a month back to move to other asset classes.
    All are correct
    Option C
    Apostrophe is not used with non-living things. Hence we should use ‘Principal of the college’. Again we do not use the preposition ‘from’ with the word ‘start’. We use ‘on’ instead.
    So, the correct form of the given sentence will be :-‘ Professor Majumder said that the Principal of the college has said that exams will start on Tuesday.

     

  10. He was one of the most unfortunate people in the world.
    Yogiji said that Nagarjuna was the Einstein of India.
    It was even unnatural and insulting to be happy next to him.
    After a couple of minutes, Hitesh told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled.
    All are correct
    Option B
    Here, the given fact is a historical fact. In this case, irrespective of the tense of the given sentence, the verb will remain in present tense. The fact was true and will be held true in the future too.
    In narration, there is a general rule that the tense of the verb does not change even if the reporting verb is in the past tense when it is the case of historical facts.
    The correct sentence will be: ‘Yogiji said that Nagarjuna is the Einstein of India.’

     

  11. A great many students is protesting against the college authorities.
    Leacock’s story provides just one scenario for why this invention failed miserably.
    They made themselves look dirty with grease and dirt.
    The night came slowly, softly, as I lay out there under the maple tree.
    All are correct
    Option A
    When we use ‘many’, ‘a good many’, ‘a great many’ to quantify a noun, they are always followed by a plural noun and plural verb.
    The structure should be:-‘A great many+plural noun+plural verb’.
    The correct sentence will be: ‘A great many students are protesting against the college authorities.’

     

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